SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Ethnic Turks and Albanians in two Macedonian cities have held peaceful rallies in support of the prime minister of Turkey, which has been rocked by two weeks of anti-government protests.
"Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Skopje is with you," a few hundred people chanted after midday prayers at a mosque in the capital Skopje. Rally organizers said that while they did not oppose the protests in Turkey, they deplored violence by some demonstrators.
About 2,000 people attended a similar rally in the western town of Gostivar. Organizers said participants included ethnic Turks from Albania, Bulgaria and Kosovo. About 80,000 ethnic Turks live in Macedonia, and about a third of the country's 2.1 million people are Muslims.